Hello Part 2 (part 1 is located below, I had some photo issues)

ImageI think you all know something was going on in Istanbul – I’m too tired to go into it but I want to share some pictures I took while I walked through there one morning. It was very calm when I went, I never made it when it was filled with people but I bet it was a pretty exciting atmosphere.

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People who couldn’t make it to Taksim to protest would bang pots and blow whistles from their balcony or on their street every night at 9. 

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My pretty balcony.

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The night before my birthday my friend Jaime had some girls over for dinner. I bought (sadly I didn’t have an oven at the time) and brought a cake for Anna, whose birthday is just 6 days before mine, and she made and brought a cake for me! It was delicious!

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For my birthday, Cengiz and I ate breakfast at a reallllyyyy good place called Cafe Kale, down on the Bosphorus in Rumeli Hisar. I hadn’t been that miserably full in a long time. The first picture is clotted cream and honey, and the next one is menemen, a sort of scrambled omelet with meat in it, friend hellim cheese, olives, and normal cheese. If you come to Istanbul you need to go there!

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One day we went on a picnic with Cengiz’s family. They really know how to picnic here. Cengiz’s brother and sister in law bought a bunch of fresh veggies from the market, and at the site they grilled them all and made a delicious eggplant goopy thing. There was also fresh salad, rolled grape leaves, cake, and a bunch of chicken. Yum! We were on the Asian side of Istanbul, at the very north on the Black Sea at a place called Riva. It was really pretty, and it called for some jumping pictures. 

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The standing man protests in Taksim

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I like this picture of us. This is in Buyukcekmece, really far out of Istanbul but with a really long pedestrian street lined with vendors and right on the Marmara Sea. 

The next post will be about my vacation in America and the WEDDING!!

 

 

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